questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

picking up the pass at the airport vs actual dates of usage

Picking up the pass at the airport vs actual dates of usage

I'd like to pick up the pass when I arrive on March 26th but I want the active dates to be April 1st-April 21st. Is this doable?

rahart
rahart

Yes - in fact this is how many people start using the pass from a more regional or distant station. Just make sure you have your passport, voucher, etc.

Toraneko
Toraneko

So when I purchase the voucher from this website, my start date should be the date I want to start using the pass?
So you're saying the date I trade in the voucher for the physical pass is the first day of the 21 travel days the pass is good for?

rahart
rahart

Hi,

This is how it works:
First you buy the voucher - you must do this before arriving in Japan.

You then exchange the voucher for the actual pass at a main JR office (not just any JR station). When you do this, you must tell them what date you want to start using the pass. This will be recorded into the pass. A day starts and ends at midnight. So if you do the exchange for the pass at 6PM and want to start using the pass immediately, you 1st day is just 6 hours.

Otherwise it's a future date, and you can start from any JR station, and the first day is when you first requested it.

For all the detailed info on everything, please see:

http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html

I hope this makes it clear.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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